U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac Applauds Mandela Washington Fellowship – Liberia

U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac has applauded the works of alumni of the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship – Liberia.

Ambassador Malac said upon the return of the Fellows from their program, they immediately and actively got involved in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

“They have been working 24/7, raising the public’s awareness about Ebola and how to protect yourself, your family and your community from contracting the disease. They distributed tens of thousands of anti-Ebola flyers, demonstrated safe hygiene practices to school and community groups, and organized sensitization workshops for youth organizations”, Ambassador Malac said.

The U.S. Envoy spoke April 8, at the induction of officers of the Mandela Washington Fellowship – Liberia.

Ambassador Malac described as a milestone, the registration of the Mandela Washington Fellowship – Liberia as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization.

Ambassador Malac expressed hope that the association will serve as a platform for the Fellows to expand their activities into a wider national network.

She re-emphasized that when President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program in 2010, it was to help sharpen skills, improve networks and strengthen partnership between the United States and Africa by investing in the next generation of African leaders.

Ambassador Malac said she’s excited about the next group of Fellows who have been selected to participate in this year’s program and hope they will join and contribute to the goal of the organization.

By the end of this year, Liberia will have 33 YALI alumni.